Title

Beyond the Rhetoric: Strategies for Implementing Culturally Effective Practice with Children, Families, and Communities

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Child and Youth Care Work

Publication Date

2020

Date Added

2022-09-01

Abstract

Culturally effective practice remains elusive within child welfare agencies. Recognizing the hierarchical nature of becoming culturally competent, this article presents specific strategies that enhance cultural effectiveness at the individual, interprofessional, middle management, and upper management levels. The approaches evolve from a five-stage model of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. Becoming culturally competent requires a clear assessment of where the individual practitioner and agency are on the change continuum. The article also explores barriers to culturally competent practice, with a focus on multilevel strategies that work within child welfare agencies.

DOI

10.5195/jcycw.2012.51

Disciplines

Social Work

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